B.A., LL. B., J.D., C.S., Certified Immigration Law Specialist by the Law Society of Upper Canada
Leading lawyer Jacqueline Bart is “the queen of Canadian immigration law” and “wonderful to work with” according to impressed peers. She offers full-service corporate immigration expertise and standout knowledge in complex disputes and regulatory frameworks. She is one of the most prominent immigration lawyers in the country. She is renowned for her vast experience in the corporate immigration field and draws praise for her leading knowledge of the market.
– Law Business Research [LBR], affiliated with the American Bar Association, Section of International Law.
Jacqueline is a Law Society-certified immigration specialist, with over 30 years of experience in Canadian immigration law. She is the author, co-author and/or editor-in-chief of over 25 immigration law books, including the 3,000-plus-page quarterly updated Canada/US Relocation Manual: Immigration, Employment, Customs and Taxation (co-edited and co-authored with Austin Fragomen), in addition to over 200 other immigration law publications. Jacqueline has held numerous prestigious executive positions at national and international bar associations and has moderated, chaired or presented at over 100 law conferences worldwide. She has served as an expert witness on immigration matters arising in litigation.
Jacqueline began her legal career at Canada’s largest law firm, after completing contracts at the High Court of Justice in London, UK; and the legal protection division of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva.
Jacqueline is the managing partner of BARTLAW LLP, Canadian Immigration, Barristers and Solicitors, a prestigious award-winning full-service immigration law firm, specializing in Canadian immigration and citizenship law. Established in 1994, it is consistently ranked top tier in legal directories both nationally and internationally. BARTLAW’s legal team of highly trained exceptionally educated and specialised lawyers provide expertise in every area of Canadian citizenship and immigration law. The firm is regularly published in news, books and articles and interviewed for television and radio.
The firm provides expert advice on all aspects of immigration to Canada and assists SME’s and corporate clients including, but not limited to, consulting, finance, arts, sports, IT, hospitality, retail, fashion, pharmaceutical, chemical, manufacturing, education, entertainment industries, in addition to assisting individuals and families.
Members of the firm are involved in many organisations including the Canadian Bar Association (CBA), the Ontario Bar Association (OBA), American Bar Association (ABA), American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), International Bar Association (IBA), Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA), Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) and the Law Society of Ontario (LSO).
Jacqueline is past chair of the Immigration Committee of the American Bar Association (ABA) international law section and vice-chair of the Canada committee of the ABA SIL. She is also the Publication Officer of the Immigration and Nationality Committee of the IBA and on the advisory board of the Senior Lawyer’s Committee of the IBA. She is past president of the Immigration and Nationality Commission of the International Association of Lawyers (UIA) and served as president of the UIA Annual Congress, Toronto (2017) and has served in various capacities on the Canadian Bar Association and Ontario Bar Association immigration committee executives.
Jacqueline has chaired and/or presented on Canadian immigration law, inter alia, at the World Trade Organization (WTO), International Bar Association (IBA), Union International des Avocats (UIA), Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA), Canadian Bar Association (CBA), Ontario Bar Association (OBA), American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), ABA, Council of Canadian Administrative Tribunals (CCAT), International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA) and the Worldwide Relocation Council (WRC), Canadian Employment Relocation Council (CERC); Toronto Consular Corps Association (TCCA); Law Society of Ontario (LSO).
She is a retired member of the diplomatic corps in Toronto, as an ex officio honorary Consul of Ecuador. In her spare time, Jacqueline volunteers for various children’s charities and provides pro bono immigration assistance at the Sick Children’s Hospital in Toronto.